Remember the days when you entered a store, and a clerk wished you a Merry Christmas? Now when you enter a store you will be lucky if you here the phrase, "Happy Holidays", let alone the greeting, "Merry Christmas". Now, I could continue on the path of pointing out all the areas of our society where Christmas is being supplanted by the generic "Holiday Season" theme, but I have a larger point to make. You see, this attempt to remove Christianity from society is not unexpected; fact is, most Christians have always known that it would eventually happen. What must be understood is that this is part of a larger agenda to do away with the Christ of Christmas and the God who created mankind. Just like the effort that has been underway for years to remove the phrase "IN GOD WE TRUST" from our coins and paper currency, so too is there an effort to remove the Christian God from all aspects of the American culture and replace Him with entities of worship that are neither real nor Divine.
Things have not changed much from the day when the Jews yelled out to Pontius Pilate, "We have no king but Caesar". - John 9:15 Thus they would not have Christ reign over their lives. - Luke 19:14 Fact is, things have progressively gotten worse, and we are now beginning to witness what Paul warned the Thessalonian's about when he wrote,
We are warned by Paul and others throughout the Scriptures that the day will come when men will fall away and reject Christ and His teachings. As we live, these events are progressing rapidly so that the great apostasy spoken of can usher in the man of sin and the anti-christ who will war against the very God of heaven. - Revelation 19:11-21
We can see the works of this apostasy right before our eyes as the mindset of the anti-christ begins to dominate the center stage of political and religious influence around the world. These like minded individuals will do all in their power to prevent any Christian believing man or woman from gaining a position of power in the world. Remember, when we Christians allow evil men to remove the one true God from our society, then the only thing which will remain shall be "Godless society". That is why we see the concerted effort to remove Christ from Christmas, Christmas from the holiday season, and ultimately Christ from men's lives.
It is something that began the day Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and Adam rejected life with God and instead accepted to die with Eve. Genesis 3:1-24 It is something that will continue until Shiloh returns and claims His own. Genesis 49:9-12 While we cannot stop that which is inevitable, we can as Christians do our part to open the eyes of those who are lost and do not know the truth. No Christian should be sitting back idly doing nothing, we must fight the good fight and do all in our power to open the eyes of the lost. At the beginning of His great Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told His disciples,
This Christmas I challenge that all those who read my message to be a light in this dark world. Show the truth to those who are following the lies, and offer them what Christ told us to offer. We are to be fishers of men and to make disciples of all the nations. We should be baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all things that He has commanded us to do. - Matthew 28:18-20 As the last specific commandment given by Christ before He ascended into heaven to sit at the right side of God, we have no choice but to follow and obey it. We should be doing this every day as we breath the air he supplies us, but so many of us do not. So it is my prayer that you all will share the gift Christ gave you with others this Christmas Season.
If you are one if the 70% of professing Christians who have never shared the gospel with a stranger, then I suggest today is a good time to start. So when you enter the store to buy a gift, or groceries, look around and see the lost souls who are begging to hear the good news. Do not be fooled into thinking they know what Christmas is all about, because chances are they may not have heard the truth. Open your mouth and maybe you will open their eyes to a brand new world that they have been looking for. Imagine if Christ had never been offered to you! Now, share Him with others, it is your duty. After all, what better time to start sharing the gift of Christ than when we celebrate His birth?
I pray that those who have ears to hear will hear His voice and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen